NameAmos Pearse, GG Grandfather, M
Birth1827, Old Cleeve, Somerset, England
Christen26 Apr 1829, Withycombe, Somerset, England237,238 Age: 2
Immigration13 Apr 1860, "Dirigo" out of Liverpool 20 Dec 1859239 Age: 33
Death9 Aug 1895, Rydalmere, NSW, Australia240 Age: 68
Burial11 Aug 1895, C of E Cemetery, Hurstville, NSW, Australia240
OccupationTailor, Store Keeper and Market Gardener
ReligionChurch of England
FatherWilliam Pearse , M (1790-1843)
MotherMary Vickery , F (1791-)
Misc. Notes
Amos and Eliza Arrived on the ship “Dirigo” in 13th April 1860

Amos and Eliza Pearse, who had been resident in the district for some years, purchased a little over an acre of land adjacent to George Preddey's other Bexley property and on it they erected a General Store.

Mrs. Pearse's Bexley Store was to remain Bexley's only store for nearly 20 years.

Eliza Pearse was born in the village of Withycombe in Somerset and was, by calling, a lady's maid. She had arrived in Australia with her husband in 1860. One of their two children had died on the terrible four month s-long voyage. Another nine children were to be born to them in Australia.

The original building was a tiny white-washed structure o wooden slabs built almost flat on the ground with a wooden shingle roof. Later it was provided with a brick front and the roof changed to corrugated iron.

The rear of the property was leased to a Scottish blacksmith Henry Hoggan, whose son became General Manager of the Australian Gas Light Company, and Amos Pearse, although a tailor by trade, became a competent market gardener keeping the small community supplied with poultry and vegetables.


With the break-up of the old Bexley Land Grant in the 1850s and the establishment of a settlement at Gannon's Forest, Bexley was regarded in official circles as being part of that area and it was not until November, 1882, after considerable local agitation, that an unofficial post office was established in Mrs. Eliza Pearse's Bexley Store with Mrs. Pearse as Postmistress.

The huge increase in population in the late 1880s resulted in requests to expand its services from that of selling stamps and providing a mail bag for the receipt of letters, but all to no avail.

In August, 1899, Mrs. Pearse's daughter, Jessie, who had married John P. Clune, a member of the well-known hotel family from Arncliffe, wrote to the Postmaster General's Department to inform them that her mother's health was falling and offering to take over her duties.

Mrs. Clune was appointed Postmistress the following month.241
1Eliza Ann Richards, GG Grandmother, F
Birth1835, Northam, Devon, England239,242
Christen7 Jun 1835, Northam, Devon, England243 Age: <1
Chr MemoEliza Jane in register
Census1841, West Appledore, Northam, Devon, England242 Age: 6
Death20 Jul 1920, Rockdale, NSW, Australia244 Age: 85
Burial30 Jul 1920, Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, NSW, Australia244,245
Burial MemoGrave 145, Anglican Section 1
OccupationStore Keeper and Postmistress246
ReligionChurch of England
FatherJohn Richards , M (1801-)
MotherElizabeth Ward , F (1805-)
Marriage25 Sep 1857, Old Cleeve, Somerset, England240
ChildrenWilliam Henry , M (1859-1939)
 Mary , F (<1858-)
 John , M (1863-)
 Ellen , F (1865-1953)
 James , M (1866-1959)
 Sarah Jane , F (1868-1945)
 Louisa M , F (1870-1911)
 Jessie , F (1872-)
 George Amos , M (1874-1922)
 Arthur , M (1876-)
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